The explosion of smart phones, initially kicked off by the iPhone, has fueled tremendous improvement in mobile processors. We went from 1 GHz single-core processors to 1.5 GHz quad-cores in less than three years. Now, the relatively easy ways of improving performance performance are out due to power and heat considerations, and manufacturers are being forced to innovate.
Nvidia chose to increase the number of GPU cores to 72, and switched to quad-core Cortex-A15 (with a fifth power saving core) for the Tegra 4. Some doubts have already been raised about Nvidia’s performance claims, but we will have to wait to know for sure. Qualcomm is relying on a combination of updating the GPU, increasing the CPU clock speed to up to 2.3 GHz, and increasing the bandwidth to deliver performance improvements with its new Snapdragon 600 and 800 series chipsets. Current generation Snapdragon chipsets have been reported to generate a lot of heat and as Qualcomm continues to push the clock speeds, that might become a bigger concern.
A short while back, Samsung revealed its cards, and shared with the world what it has in store for mobile devices. The new Exynos 5 will boast of an octa-core CPU. Yes, you read it correctly. The next generation SoC (System on Chip) from Samsung will have eight cores. Fortunately, the Exynos will never use all eight cores simultaneously. Exynos 5 will have two clusters of quad-cores. One of them will be Cortex-A15 CPUs, while the other one will be Cortex-A7 CPUs. A7 CPUs are known to consume a lot less power, and will be used for non-intensive tasks. In other words, Samsung is hoping to improve upon Nvidia’s concept of using a fifth power saving core for common tasks to save battery. The A-15 CPUs will kick in only when required, and as per Samsung’s stats, can deliver more than twice the performance of Exynos 4 quad.
We have been seeing lots of new and exciting televisions in this year’s CES, and the competition is extremely stiff. On Tuesday, Sony’s reveal of the world’s largest OLED 4K TV was matched by Panasonic within hours. Yesterday, we saw the same scenario playing out with Samsung and LG.
Samsung was the first off the block, with its “world’s first curved OLED TV” announcement. The massive display measures in at 55-inches, and has a curved texture that Samsung reps termed as “IMAX feel”. Being a OLED, the display is expected to offer fantastic color reproduction and crisp and vivid images.The curved OLED is scheduled to be released during the second half of the year. However, other than that, we know precious little about Samsung’s gorgeous new display.
Soon after Samsung’s announcement, LG announced its own 55” curved OLED TV. The LG EA9800 promises the same panoramic, immersive viewing experience as Samsung; however, it will also be capable of displaying 3D content. Once again, LG didn’t reveal any specifications or release information. However, given the epic rivalry between the two Korean giants, it’s reasonable to guess that LG’s display will hit the markets round about the same time as Samsung’s curved OLED.
CES 2013 officially kicks off today; however, some folks couldn’t just wait. Samsung, Nvidia, Sony, and many of the big names got the ball rolling yesterday itself. Judging from the day zero, if last year was the year of ultrabooks, this year can turn out to be the year of 4K television.
LG and Sony already have strong offerings in the Ultra-HD or 4K segment. Yesterday, Samsung announced its entry with a 85-inch monster. The Samsung UN85S9 takes away the crown of the world’s largest 4K television from LG and Sony by being an inch bigger. However, its reign at the top is bound to be short-lived as Westinghouse is expected to announce a 110-inch monster later on during the CES.
The Samsung UN85S9 features a stunning “floating” design, which allows the display to be easily adjusted vertically. Samsung’s new UHD television is powered by a 1.35 GHz quad-core A15 processor, but unlike LG’s dual-core counterpart, it doesn’t support 3D.
The other 4K TV displayed yesterday came in a smaller package, but was equally wow-worthy. Sony showed off its 56-inch 4K OLED display. However, the display is currently in prototype stages, and no price or launch date information is available.
Sony did, however, have some good news for consumers looking to purchase 4K television. The Japanese giant will be leveraging its media portfolio to alleviate the lack of content issue. Sony will be bundling ten UHD movies sourced from Sony Pictures or its subsidiary Columbia Pictures with its 84-inch 4K TV. The selection includes the likes of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Karate Kid’. It is also planning to launch a download service, from where buyers of smaller 4K televisions, including the 55-inch and 65-inch 4K TVs that were announced yesterday, will be able to download 4K movies.
Samsung has just added a new smartphone in its popular Ativ family, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey. This handset runs on the newer Windows Phone 8 Operating System and it will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. Samsung Ativ Odyssey comes with the unique Samsung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an application that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly.
Samsung Ativ Odyssey features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and more.
Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 4G LTE Connectivity, Global Ready calling, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Samsung ChatOn, Samsung Hub, Windows Phone Store and a 2100 mAh battery.
Samsung Ativ Odyssey is a Global Ready smartphone, which gives users the ability to call and email from more than 220 countries in the world. This handset will go on sale in the coming weeks. The price of this handset will be announced soon.
Last year, Samsung announced the mid-range Galaxy S Advance smartphone. It comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 8 GB internal memory, 768 MB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 and more. Sadly, this handset was shipped with the ageing Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.
Back in October, Samsung Bulgaria announced that Galaxy S Advance won’t get the Android 4.0 update. Instead, the company will directly roll out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update to this device. As promised, Samsung has finally started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S Advance users. Currently this update is available only for the folks living in Russia.
The latest update bumps the Galaxy S Advance from Android 2.3.4 to Android 4.1.2. It brings the new Samsung TouchWiz Nature UI along with the usual Jelly Bean enhancements, including the smart keyboard, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, improved S Voice, Google Now, new Photo Effect Filters, improved voice and data connectivity and much more.
The latest update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). You can also manually connect the Galaxy S Advance to your computer and update the device using Samsung’s KIES software. Samsung S Advance users in other countries might have to wait untill March to get this update.
The much-awaited Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 is finally here. As usual, the event will be held between January 8 – January 11 in Las Vegas, United States. HP, Lenovo and Vizio are expected to launch a number of ultrabooks, while LG, Samsung, Sony and HTC will launch their flagship smartphones and tablets. Check out the complete schedule below. All timings are mentioned in PST (GMT -0800).
Monday, January 7, 2013:
- 08:00 am – LG Press Conference
- 09:00 am – Sharp CES Press Showcase
- 09:00 am – AT&T Developers Summit
- 12:00 pm – Fujifilm Press Conference
- 12:00 pm – NETGEAR Press Conference
- 01:00 pm – Huawei Device Press Conference
- 01:00 pm – Intel CES Press Briefing
- 02:00 pm – Samsung Press Conference
- 03:00 pm – Casio America Inc. Press Conference
- 04:00 pm – Ford Motor Company Press Conference
- 05:00 pm – Sony Press Conference
- 06:30 pm – Qualcomm Keynote
Tuesday, January 8, 2013:
- 11:00 am – Audi Press Conference
- 01:00 pm – Bang & Olufsen Press Conference
- 01:30 pm – ZTE Grand S Announcement
- 04:00 pm – U.S. Launch of Motörheadphönes
- 04:30 pm – Verizon Wireless Keynote
- 05:30 pm – T-Mobile Press Event
Wednesday, January 9, 2013:
- 09:00 am – Pebble: E-Paper Smartwatch for iPhone and Android Announcement
- 11:30 am – Official Launch of SendBoo Mobile Application
- 02:00 pm – SmartKlear by LensPen launch: Remove Fingerprints from your iPhone Screen
- 02:00 pm – TAIWAN Products Launch & International Press Conference
- 03:30 pm – Synaptop: Living in the Cloud Announcement
- 06:00 pm – Kenwood USA Press Conference
The Galaxy S2 was Samsung’s most popular and hottest selling phone in 2011. It went on to become the company’s most successful model ever in its history, before being overtaken by its successor in 2012 – the Galaxy S3.
Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but did not add any new features since then like it has been doing with the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3 or the Note 2.
The good news is that Samsung Korea today announced its Jelly Bean upgrade plans for the Galaxy S II. The company plans to bring a lot of features from the Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy S2 including its nature inspired TouchWIZ UI, Smart Stay, improved performance thanks to Project Butter, enhanced camera app and more.
An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S2 had leaked last year, giving advanced users a taste of all the new Jelly Bean goodness and other features.
All these additional features will come at a cost though. Galaxy S2 owners will need to use KIES to install the update on their handset since the update re-partitions their internal memory and also updates the bootloader. The other downside is that post the update the free internal memory of the handset will be reduced by 1GB, because of all the new system apps, libraries and features.
Samsung has not announced as to when they plan to roll-out the Jelly Bean update, but considering this announcement, the update should not be far away.
Via – SamMobile
Back in 2011, Samsung launched the mid-range Galaxy R smartphone with a 4.2 inch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory and much more. This handset was shipped with the out-dated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.
Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device in most parts of the world. However, the Galaxy R users in India were left behind. After waiting for more than 14 months from its official launch, Samsung finally released the much-awaited Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy R users in India.
The size of the update is 239 MB and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including Face Recognition (Face Unlock), Android Beam, mobile data management, performance and stability improvements, updated UI, applications multitasking, better speech recognition, usability improvements, updated Google apps and more.
This update is currently available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. It is always advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You can also manually connect the Galaxy R to your computer and update the device using Samsung’s KIES software.
Samsung has started rolling out a new firmware update for the Galaxy S III in the United Kingdom that fixes the Exynos security exploit and the sudden death issue.
The Exynos security exploit was discovered in the middle of last month, and allowed any malicious app to gain root access to the RAM/physical memory of any Exynos 4 device easily. Samsung was informed immediately about the security exploit and the company announced that it will roll-out a fix for the exploit as soon as possible.
The new firmware update (XXELLA) for the Galaxy S3 is still based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and does not bring any new feature like the previous firmware updates brought with it.
While Samsung has not confirmed it officially, SamMobile have managed to confirm it with their sources that the firmware update also fixes the sudden death issue plaguing the Galaxy S3. Apparently, the firmware update also contains a new bootloader update that fixes the issue.
As of now, the firmware update is only live in the United Kingdom and is available via OTA or KIES. Giving how serious the security exploit and the sudden death issue is, expect Samsung to start a global roll-out of the update sometime soon.
Late last month, a thread popped up on XDA forums where many Galaxy S3 owners were complaining about their handset dying suddenly on them. For some strange reasons, many people’s Galaxy S3 died on them overnight while on charge or while it was just lying idle. And it was a total brick. The phone even refused to boot, and the only way to fix the phone was to get the motherboard replaced from a Samsung service center.
After some investigation from Elite XDA developer, Adam Outler, and others, it was found that there was some bug in the eMMC firmware of the Galaxy S3 which suddenly lead to the death of the handset.
Well, Samsung has now officially confirmed the bug and also announced that they are working on a fix. The company has not given a timeframe as to when S3 owners should expect the fix to arrive. There is nothing Galaxy S3 owners can do to prevent their phone from dying suddenly other than perhaps pray. In the meanwhile, if your Galaxy S3 dies suddenly head over to your nearest Samsung’s service center to get the motherboard replaced.
Via – SamMobile